Grokfeast in Austin, Texas

On September 8th I asked my readers to host picnics and to send me the results. The following is one of 27 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow, courtesy of US Wellness. Vote for your favorite on October 8.

Our Primal Picnic was a meetup of the Austin Primal Living Group on We had a primal potluck picnic at Pease Park, a nice expansive park near downtown Austin. However to get to our meetup we first had to pass by a large group of sickly looking vegans and vegetarians who just happened to be having a meetup at the same time and place. To start off everyone went around and talked a little about how they got into primal living and why it appeals to them. For some it has helped with food intolerances and autoimmune disease. Others got into it because it just made sense and it makes them look and feel better. Then we chowed down on some wonderful dishes. Alex’s Heroin Wings were amazing, very juicy and succulent. The bacon wrapped sausages Tracy and I made were also a big hit. We also had some very colorful side dishes with fruits and veggies and some delicious tea to wash it all down. For dessert Vicky made a great baked apple dish with walnuts. Most of the time we were just talking and getting to know each other. It is great to be able to go to social function and actually be able to eat the food.

Then came the primal activities! We climbed a couple trees in our VFF’s. We threw around a couple footballs and Frisbees. Some people even decided to just lie out in the grass and enjoy the breeze, very relaxing and primal. To finish the night off we did some natural movements, a little gymnastics mixed with parkour. Then Nam finished off the night by serenading us with some lovely guitar music and singing. It was a great success; everyone had a lot of fun and can’t wait for the next one.

The Feast

  • Heroin chicken drumsticks
  • Bacon wrapped sausage on toothpicks
  • Fruit salad with grapes, blackberries and strawberries
  • Celery and carrot with guacamole
  • Baked acorn squash
  • Grapefruit
  • Bell pepper with guacamole dip
  • Baked apples with walnuts
  • Peach Black Tea

Recipe: “Heroin Chicken” for Drumsticks

Mix together:

  • 1c Grated Parmesan cheese (I used shredded and it seemed to turn out ok)
  • 1 T Parsley
  • 1 T Basil
  • 1/2 T Oregano
  • 2 t Paprika
  • 1/2 t Garlic Powder
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Melt almost one stick of butter (mine had a few Tbs missing and it was still more than enough)

Take 4lbs of chicken legs or wing drummettes and dip them in the butter then roll them in the cheese/spice mix. Place onto greased, rimmed pan. Bake at 375 for 50 minutes (shorter time for wing parts).

The Tribe

Bryan Barksdale (organizer of the Austin Primal Living Group), Tracy Bennett, Mohan Zhang, Elexia Lowe, Kevin Koskella (of Health Mind, Fit Body), Tracy Jones (author of The Caveman diet), Hieu Nguyen, Nam Nguyen, Vy Nguyen, Vicky Moya, Jordan, Alex, Kevin’s friend

About the Author

Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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  1. Noooo… I wish I’d known! I live in Austin, but never fear — I have found your Meetup site! 🙂 Looks like everyone had fun times!

    1. I third this! I just moved to Austin and would have loved to have gone to this. I’ll check out the meetup group for sure.

  2. These grokfeasts are making us hunt around for something similar in our area. If there isn’t one yet, there’s going to be and we’re going to host!

  3. Wow don’t you all look fit and fantastic, food looked delicious.

    I hope you continue to keep meeting up in the future.


  4. Looks like so much fun! That chicken recipe looks delish, I will be trying it out for sure!

  5. I’m really amazed to see how many of these feasts lasted into the night. Looks like a blast! Hope the vegans were jealous. :p

  6. I’ve been craving chicken (I’ve been eating lots of beef, venison and seafood lately). I might have to try this recipe very soon.

  7. I visited Austin this summer…here’s one more reason that I’d like to LIVE there!

  8. That food looks amazing! I’m going to have to try those chicken wings. Nice job, y’all!

  9. I also live here in Austin and did not know, but now I do. Your food photos are making me hungry!

  10. I love the name heroin chicken…kinda similar to a recipe I make (often because my wife demands it!). I can vouch that they are addicting. Looks like an amazing time

  11. The recipe for “Heroin Wings” is in Dana Carpender’s 500 Low-Carb Recipes book. It’s definitely amazing.

    I realize that often people have *no* idea where a recipe came from, but since it’s an exact match, I thought I’d give her credit.

  12. That chicken recipe I am trying!! Sounds so good and you guys look like you had fun!!

  13. Ahh – I didn’t know this group existed – I live in Austin. I’m going to sign up so I can join future events!

  14. I’m gonna try the heroin drumsticks…
    is the first time free? is everyone doing them?

  15. Well, I don’t live anywhere near Austin but would be fun to meet up with this group if I did.

  16. Those drumsticks look awesome! I am glad I am glad the renaissance fair is in town along with its massive turkey drumsticks

  17. Another reason to love Austin.
    Pease Park is the best, I will be looking forward to the next one.

  18. I live in Austin, and I was unaware of the Primal Living Group before now! Thank you, internet!